Italian Battleships of World War II
Publication Date: August 23, 2011
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Often overlooked as a naval power of WWII, Italy's Regia Marina was, upon the declaration of war against France, the fourth largest navy in the world. Despite its numbers, the Italian fleet was made up of largely obsolete vessels, none being equipped with radar, and had a reputation for having inadequately-trained crews. Added to these drawbacks, the Italian commanders did not enjoy the discretion of command at sea that their counterparts in the service of other nations did, being directed closely by the Supermarina (Italian Naval Headquarters). Despite these obstacles, and the heavy losses inflicted upon the fleet by the Royal Navy while in harbour at Taranto, the battleships of the Italian Navy enjoyed a good reputation for being well-designed, and served with courage and determination at Punto Stilo/Calabria, Sirte, Cape Spartivento, and Cape Matapan. Mark Stille details, with the aid of many stunning photographs, including several from the Italian Navy's own archives, the battleships of one of the forgotten navies of WWII.
About the AuthorCommander (retired) Mark O Stille served as a career Naval Intelligence Officer, spending over five years of his naval career assigned to various US Navy carriers. He continues to work in this field in a civilian capacity. He holds an MA from the Naval War College and has had several wargames published. This is his second book for Osprey. The author lives in Dunn Loring, Virginia.
Paul Wright, a retired bank vice-president (Industrial Relations), has 35 years experience in business development. For the past 11 years he has been director of Warrick County Employment and Training Center in Evansville, Indiana. Mr. Wright is a graduate of the Industrial Development Institute of the University of Oklahoma. He has conducted numerous workshops, seminars, and sales training sessions on job search, resumes, and job skills.